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The National Home Show is just a day away (March 14-23 at Exhibition Place). As you explore the many options for home products, you’ll understand just how easy it is to go over budget when you build a custom home.

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was to write down everything I wanted in my dream home. Start with the “Must Have’s”. Take this task seriously and don’t get drawn into things that are not essential or your budget will be compromised from the beginning.

Once you have all the essentials, make a list of the things that aren’t a deal breaker but you’d really like to have included. Finally, write a list of things that you dream of, but you’re not sure if they are right for the design you are building or if they will exceed your budget. You may be surprised just what you can include in your custom home. As you share your lists with your design team, they will see trends in your dream and be able to give you some on-budget solutions to make things you thought were out-of-reach happen.

Start an idea book on the features you really like. It’s impossible to have every single feature you love, but your feature book will give your custom home design team a great place to start. You can collect images on your tablet or computer or clip photos out of magazines. Walk through the idea book with your designer. Just chatting through the ideas will help them understand some of the key features that you are drawn to. They will also help you build consistency into your overall design, making sure your home doesn’t look like a scrapbook of unrelated designs!

Start with the basics: What rooms are essential? Bedrooms, bathroom(s), living room, family room, kitchen, dining room, laundry room, study, library, theatre or entertainment room, guest room, butler’s kitchen, craft room, games room… you can see there are many options. Do you want open living spaces or does your family prefer dedicated spaces – like a formal living and dining room? Do you require a bathroom for every bedroom? What kind of storage do you require? The Master Bedroom ensuite and closet are major considerations and in many of today’s custom homes they range from modest to extreme. I’m sure you’ve seen the breadth of choices. The challenge is to choose well and stay on budget.

Royal Homes was amazing at answering my questions and affirming my decisions. I also learned that when I invited the design team’s input they were able to help me think it through. After all, they have been building homes for over 40 years. Royal Homes also has a great checklist that keeps everything on track.

This house rocks. It's awesome. I'm excited. Thanks for all your assistance. The girls think it's great. Everything's just the way I imagined it. Wow!Stephanie
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  • FAQ

    Where can I get a price list or How come your website doesn’t show pricing?

    Prices vary geographically, depending on where you are building. With the amount of options available, price lists run into thousands of options. Prices change with the options you choose. The best way to get an idea on pricing would be to contact our Design Centre nearest to where you are building.

    Why should I buy from you over a conventional or "Stick-Builder"?

    The advantages of prefab include building in a climate controlled environment, using environmentally friendly products which reduces waste and a CSA monitored quality controlled program. There is less time start to finish, with less disruption to neighborhood. We also sell at a firm price.

    Do your homes include a foundation?

    Yes our homes include full foundation and basement.

    How long does it take to build a Royal Home?

    It takes less than two weeks to build a home in our factory, but the process from start to finish is very dependent on the timing of obtaining a building permit. For most of our clients the process from start to delivery is twelve to sixteen weeks with move in eight to twelve weeks thereafter.

    What size homes do you build?

    As a custom builder we can build any size home but generally the average size range is between 1300 and 3500 sq feet.

    Do you build garages?

    Yes. Garages are built on site after the home is delivered.

    Are the homes energy efficient?

    Building a prefab home in a factory assures the highest attention to sealing the building envelope and ensures that the cold stays out.

    Since your homes are so energy efficient and air tight, how do you get fresh air?

    All our homes have HRV heat recovery ventilator air exchanger to remove stale air, and introduce fresh air.

    Where can I put a prefab home?

    Anywhere in Ontario you like.

    Can I really customize my prefab home?

    Yes, we use state of the art custom design software, today no two homes are built alike.

    Do you finish the basement?

    Yes. We can customize your basement to the finishes you desire.

    Are Royal Homes built to code?

    All Royal Homes are individually designed to meet all provincial and municipal building codes for your specific lot location.

    Do you build stick-built or conventional homes as well?

    We are a custom home builder first and use prefabricated components wherever we can, because it is a better way to build. If you have a remote site or custom home design with large open spaces we would look at what makes most sense for that design and location. This could include prebuilt panels or partially site built specific rooms.

    What makes the building process environmentally friendly?

    Waste in the factory is separated and recycled, reducing the impact on landfills. This has less disruption in terms of noise and time at job site. Building prefab allows for higher energy efficient homes and reduced heating costs.

    How is your home delivered?

    Our home is delivered by way of custom designed hydraulic flatbed trailers and precisely craned onto the foundation.

    Can you make changes or custom design?

    Yes, clients are given preliminary plans to review and changes are welcome and easily accommodated.